Buddy Walk Team Resources

Scroll down to the Ways to Participate Section to see the exciting Step or Stroll Challenge that starts Sunday, October 10th at 12:01 a.m.!

Family Connection of South Carolina is honored to host our 2021 Buddy Walk  as part of our Down syndrome awareness month activities this October!

When you start and lead a Buddy Walk team you are helping families who have a child with Down syndrome connect with resources they need to help their children thrive! You are also helping all families served by Family Connection of South Carolina. Since 1990, Family Connection has served more than 100,000 families by providing peer-to-peer support, assistance with navigating the complex health care system, and guidance with school meetings and special education plans.

See our Ways to Participate section below for exciting ways to support this event!

Team Captain's Checklist

□ Make a :30 Video of Your Goals and Dreams
text to 803-995-3574

□ Invite People to Join Your Team

□ Start Fundraising!

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Creating a Team
and registering a Special Buddy

Ways to Participate

Team Score Card

Earn points for setting up your team pages and starting your fundraising.

Star Sales

Family Connection will provide you with $1 and $5 Star cut outs. Ask local businesses to sell them and write the name of the person who purchased it on the Star. The business can create a display area for the Stars to promote their support of Buddy Walk! Contact Us for a Star Pack!

Step or Stroll Challenge

Points for this challenge can be added to the Team Score Card!

Start Date: 12:01 a.m. Sunday, October 10.
End Date:
Saturday, October 16, 11:59 p.m.

Goal for the week: 50,000 steps or 22 miles

Adding steps from an activity tracker

With the wide spread availability and use of wrist worn activity trackers, there might be many wheelchair users who already use these devices to track their physical activity. If this method is working for you to estimate your activity via a steps figure, you can sync your Fitbit or Garmin and it will automatically sync your daily steps. If you use another activity tracker that uses steps, you can enter your daily steps in the Step Log.

Track the distance wheeled and convert to steps

An odometer, which can be purchased from a cycle or sports equipment store can be attached to the wheelchair and will monitor the distance covered each day. The distance can then be converted to steps by using the following equation: 1km = 1250 steps.

Enter minutes of moderate/vigorous activity for any exercise

The addition of the moderate and vigorous activity columns in the Step Log was designed to enter any activity in which a pedometer would not accurately record. Entry of minutes into these columns converts time into an estimated step count which is added to the Step Total for the day:

  • 10 minutes of moderate intensity activity = 1,000 steps
  • 10 minutes of high intensity activity = 2,000 steps
  • 100 points for reaching 50,000. Buddy Walk participant who walks the most steps will receive an award during our virtual celebration!